What are the things that mostly fill your thoughts and meditations in moments of silence, or when waiting for the bus, or when riding your bike through Aalborg, or when you simply look out your window for no reason?
Don Delillo, the american writer, in his novel Libra, writes this beautiful sentence that contains a vivid image of people not thinking of anything while waiting for the subway: “People stood on local platforms staring nowhere, a look they’d been practicing for years.” Are you like that, are you “staring nowhere“? What are you thinking of?
What is the life our minds? What does it do? What does it “feed” on? What does it delight in? Paul writes to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:7 – “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”
One of the effects the new birth has on our lives is the renewal of our minds: Romans 12:2 – “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind”. What do you do with a new mind? Paul answers this question for us in Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
So dear brothers and sisters in Christ, THINK over the Word of God, think over what Paul says (just like he tells Timothy to do) because through your thinking over it the Lord will give you understanding of it. And if our minds have been renewed, and were cleansed by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 9:14 – “how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience“) think of the things that God wants you to think of, delight in the things God wants you to delight in, and want the things God wants – namely His glory.
Glorify God with your mind and your thoughts too!